Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health service is free and confidential.

It is for families who live in, work in or are visiting Latrobe City, who have children aged from birth to six years of age

To see a Maternal and Child Health Nurse please call our centralised booking service on 5128 6128.

To see Maternal and Child Health centre locations and session times view the Maternal and Child Health brochure(PDF, 461KB).

A Maternal and Child Health Nurse will make contact with families within a few days after mother and baby have been discharged from hospital; or parents may contact the service directly to arrange a visit with a nurse.

Our maternal and child health services

There are two services within the Maternal and Child Health Service:

  • Universal Maternal and Child Health
  • Enhanced Maternal and Child Health

The Universal Maternal and Child Health service is the key service for families and offers support in the following areas:

  • Regular checks on your child's health, development and growth, through attendance at a Maternal and Child Health centre.
  • Advice on women's health issues including post natal depression,
  • Breastfeeding support and advice.
  • Information and advice about a range of parenting issues including sleep and settle, diet and nutrition, toilet training, behaviour and guidance, safety, immunisation and more.
  • Home visits, for the first visit after coming home from hospital.
  • Support for families in working through complex needs and issues.
  • Referrals to specialist services are available for concerns identified by the parent or the Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

The Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service is an additional support service for families working through complex needs and issues, and where it is identified that the family could benefit from a more intensive level of support.

Families can access this service through a referral from the Universal Maternal and Child Health service, or other community support services.

How often can I attend?

Families can access the support of a Maternal and Child Health Nurse as desired, however there are ten key age and stage visits families are encouraged to participate in:

  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 8 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 and a half years

Maternal and child health service feedback

Latrobe City Council values any feedback you would like to provide. Here we give you the opportunity for you to provide us with your thoughts on the Maternal and Child Health Service and any improvements that we can make.

To give us your feedback fill out the Maternal and Child Health Survey.

Maternal and child health line – 132 229

The Maternal and Child Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service that operates in conjunction with the Maternal and Child Health Service.

This service is staffed by qualified Maternal and Child Health Nurses who provide callers with information, support and advice regarding maternal health, child health and development, and parenting issues.

Call 132 229 throughout Victoria for the cost of a local call.

New App

Finding reliable information between Victorian Maternal and Child Health (MCH) visits can be challenging for families. The MCH App combines trustworthy information and time-saving features, into one simple digital tool. Features include:

  • Nora, the app’s digital assistant, can answer most common child health queries
  • a library of information on popular health and development topics
  • click-to-call contacts
  • prompts for upcoming MCH consultations
  • regular updates and messages.

This free app can be personalised and is available for all Apple and Android smartphones.

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